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   Posted 12/27/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I woke up this morning & as usual I layed there trying to decide how I was feeling & what hurt or what was better.  This morning I had to laugh at myself because I do this & have often wondered if everyone does this or just me.  First, I just lay there & see if I am nauceus (sp) or if my head hurts, how is my acid reflux?  Any hung over type feeling?  How does my body feel?  Heavy?  Vibrating?  Then I start moving my hands & arms to see if they hurt & then on to the feet & legs.  A gentle stretch tells me about other parts & if all is well, I turn over.  On mornings I am sick, I just stay there & go back to sleep.  Otherwise I get up & take my meds & start my day.  This has become a habit & one I will probably always do, but like I said, I found it funny this morning.  Just another sign of Fibro, the morning check list.  Does anyone else have one?  smilewinkgrin Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 12/27/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Golly, Denise, I don't do that.  When I wake up I do stretch and then just sit up and head to the bathroom.  I need to use a cane to get to the bathroom because I'm so sore and stiff from lying in bed.  I'm generally hurting but, within a few minutes of walking around, I loosen up and do feel much better and don't need the cane anymore for the rest of the day.  If I laid in bed, I would be worse. 
Sometimes I'm nauseous but, once I have breakfast, that goes away.  Then I will walk my dog and really loosen up.  I take my meds before I eat so that by the time I'm finished eating and watching a little morning news, I'm ready to walk the dog and get on with my plans for the day.
I find that sitting and laying too much makes my pain much worse.  I know if you lay and not move it doesn't hurt, but you aren't helping yourself one iota.  You need to move and keep the muscles moving or you will be sore, stiff and become weak.  So, give it a try and see if this will work for you.
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   Posted 12/27/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I do this also Denise, but like Sherrine I have to get up and get moving to avoid more pain. Plus I have anxiety so exercise brings out them endorphins :) lol I do like how you coined the term "Morning Inventory" because that is exactly what it is :)
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   Posted 12/27/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I do this too. For the past year, pre-diagnosis it was, is this the day I'm magically well again?
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a great topic!

I guess in the mornings when I awake I first try to figure out where I am! Rarely am I still in bed but more likely in the recliner. If it's a good day we're in the trailer camping somewhere. ;-) Then I check to see if my head is pounding and/or I have any nausea. That usually means my blood sugars went whacko over night. Hopefully that's rare...but it happens on insulin. That 3Am rise.

Then it's "what hurts the most"? Usually it's my legs and hip area, unless I was on my side then it's my shoulders. I then try to figure out what day it is. Weekdays I have to get up and fix hubby's lunch and get him off to work. Then back for some rest in my recliner. If it's a weekend I try to remember if I have to get up early...if not I go take my pain meds and back to sleep for a while.

I do think this is a great topic, but for me it made me sorta sad. Sad to think this is how all of my mornings will be. Sad that my 'normal' life is gone. Sad that hubby has to endure my limitations. But I am trying to focus on the wonderful things I do a loving husband, medical insurance and a great doc, and some meds to help relieve some of the pain. So, I am grateful and will keep reminding myself each morning.

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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
It's pain that usually wakes me up if I'm not going through one of my periods of waking early. I don't lay there and think about it cause staying in bed isn't going to make it better. I get my caffeine and head for my corner of the couch in the family room, take my tylenol and get on the computer while I wait for both to kick in. I usually start feeling better after awhile. I eventually drag myself off the couch and try to get as much done as I can in the few hours of energy I have. The more I move the more I hurt so by the time I'm out of energy I'm in pain too, how much depends on the day, weather, what I have done and etc. By three in the afternoon I'm done for the day and hit the couch again. Since we have gotten Krissy I can't stay on the couch after three like I use to and I'm up and down quite a bit with her which is a good thing. I can never sleep during the day but I do rest for awhile.
Before fibro I spent about a half an hour in the morning reading the paper and getting my caffeine in me before starting my day which would last about 10 hrs before I sat down.
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
First thing I do in the morning is try to bend my fingers to get them working and then i have to becareful how i move my legs or else they start hurting, if all that goes well then i have to get up but, i can only get up sideways, not sit straight up or else i get very dizzy and i will spend the rest of the day watching the door dance on the ceiling.
I have done this for so long now i donot even think of it until you brought it to mind, it is funny how we learn to cope with our illness just to get through the day, also even as much as not always thinking of just how much pain we are in at times because it becomes so much apar
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   Posted 12/28/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Mornings are hands down, the hardest part of my day. On an average day I'm up at sunrise, take pain meds and after 20 minutes or so get the coffee going, then out with the dogs. If it weren't for the dogs, I don't know if I'd bother getting cool up so early. Then there are chores to bedone, foos to be purchased, and cooked, getting Dad over to his old place that's falling down. Then any banking, drugstore, bills to pay. Finally back here by 2PM, I have to lie down. Often I\ll sleep for an hoir. Then up to get supper on, do laundry, and all that other stuff. Dogs exercised before bedtime, a snack and good night all you great folks..
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   Posted 12/28/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Mornings are my worse time too.  That proves to me that being motionless makes everything worse.  I don't have time to check out everything when the clock goes off.  I still hold down a full time job and I have a snooze alarm that wakes me up about three times, but I go right back to sleep during the 5 minutes apart.
When my feet hit the floor I have so many pains I can't tell which is worse, but I've just been dx. this past year for fibro.  Before that I had osteo arthritis since my early 40s so I've been used to the pain for years.  I probably had fibro all of these years and just didn't know it.
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   Posted 12/28/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I indeed have a morning checklist. It isn't quite the same of course as Denise's or anyone else's for that matter.. but it is an every-morning thing.
I hope everyone wakes up easily tomorrow morning (and every morning after that)!!
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   Posted 12/29/2008 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
When I awaken I tell myself, "No matter how much this hurts Donna, you are getting out of here." I do take an inventory of what hurts and what is only stiff.

I walk to the bathroom the first time, then return to my room for the wheelchair. I brush my teeth and do other stuff. The I try to stuff myself into my bathing suit. Sometimes my legs do not want to cooperate, other times my tummy and back. Heck, putting the right leg in the proper hole can tae awhile.

Next I will take my first coktail of meds then out the door I go. I have a tiny breakfast at the cofee shop along with my latte. I cannot each much before my swim so this is how I get some calories in my body.

During breakfast I take the meds that need to be taken with food.

Now I have not choice but to get on the bus and head for the pool. If I tell the folks at the pool that I feel miserable their response is something like "That is how we all feel when we get here. Just give it a while." You know? They are rightI am not comfortabel enough to make breakfast and my espresso before I leave home. So, I consider it my treat for going to the pool every day. YOu know, incentive.

I am thinking about purchasing one of those machines where you only ave to press the button and the latte magically appears.

I probably said to much. But htis is the way I get out of bed every single day. I have no choice but to head for the pool

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